Louise Dyble is an attorney in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use and Environmental Law Practice Group, based in San Francisco and Chicago.

Areas of Practice

Louise helps businesses navigate complex regulatory landscapes, assisting clients facing issues related to environmental compliance and permitting, air emissions, water quality, waste management, and environmental mitigation and remediation.

Louise advocates for clients facing regulation or enforcement by the U.S. EPA as well as state agencies, including the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the State Water Quality Control Board, and the South Coast Air Quality Control District. Her experience includes problem-solving and, when necessary, assertive defense actions on behalf of companies involved with the generation, transmission, storage and sale of energy, as well as manufacturers, retailers and developers. 

Representative experience includes:

  • Advocating for energy, water and transportation companies in ratemaking and adjudicatory proceedings before the CPUC;
  • Providing environmental diligence and risk analysis for transactions and projects involving brownfields, environmentally sensitive areas, and other complex sites;
  • Representing companies with liability for contamination at Superfund and other remediation sites in negotiations with states, federal agencies and tribes, as well as in litigation and arbitration proceedings;
  • Defending enforcement actions under federal environmental laws including the Clean Water Act, RCRA, TSCA and FIFRA;
  • Supporting and advising companies seeking to secure incentives related to energy development such as the Community Energy Tax Credit, or to participate in credit trading programs such as California’s cap-and-trade program for climate emissions.
  • Advising and negotiating complex challenges related to permit compliance and mitigation requirements, successfully achieving significant reductions in fees and penalties;
  • Preparing companies for future compliance challenges, particularly with respect to emissions controls and emerging contaminants such as PFAS.

Louise’s pro bono practice includes legal and advocacy work in support of the expansion of public EV charging facilities, equitable education, and affordable student housing.  Prior to law school, Louise earned a PhD in history from UC Berkeley. She has published research and taught classes on urban politics and environmental policy at UC Berkeley, Caltech, USC, and Michigan Technological University.   



  • Law360, 12.14.2023
  • The Future of SEPs in Citizen Suits
    ABA Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2021
  • Federal PFAS Regulation and the States
    Westlaw, 04.2020
  • Aquifers and Democracy: Enforcing Voter Equal Protection to Save California’s Imperiled Groundwater and Redeem Local Government
    California Law Review, 10.2017
  • Infrastructure and Land Policies, Lincoln Institute, 2013
  • Tolls and Control: The Chicago Skyway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    Journal of Planning History, 02.2012
  • Reconstructing Transportation: Linking Tolls and Transit for Place-Based Mobility
    The Johns Hopkins University Press Technology and Culture, 2009
  • The Defeat of the Golden Gate Authority: Regional Planning and Local Power
    Journal of Urban History, 01.2008
  • Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth Control Regime
    Journal of Urban History, 11.2007

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Cannabis Law Blog Posts

Energy Law Blog Posts

Digital Media


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2016, Environmental Law Certificate

PH.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1995, magna cum laude


  • California
  • Illinois
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